Toronto’s Blue Jay Marcus Stroman returns to baseball thanks in part to rehab at Duke University

Written by Robert Butler and Abigail Carpenter.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman celebrates after his 8-0 complete game against the Chicago Cubs in Toronto on Monday, September 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman celebrates after his 8-0 complete game against the Chicago Cubs in Toronto on Monday, September 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

As the Toronto Blue Jays continue their run in the AL Division Series, the performance of pitcher Marcus Stroman is garnering much attention, as his unexpected return in September astonished the sports world. After suffering a ruptured ACL during spring training in early March, Stroman was told he would be out for the entire season. 2015 looked to be Stroman’s breakout season as he was projected to be the opening day starter for the Blue Jays. Although Stroman could have stayed with the team following surgery to complete rehabilitation, he decided to make the most of a bad situation by returning to Duke to complete his bachelor’s degree while simultaneously undergoing personalized rehabilitation and performance training with Nikki Huffman, DPT, ATC, SCS, and Jason Shutt, DPT under the direction of Robert Butler, PT, PhD.

While Stroman attended a full schedule of classes each week, he also completed a rigorous rehabilitation schedule including 11 training session per week. Mornings began with physical therapy under the direction of Nikki Huffman. After a short break and attending afternoon classes Stroman spent the early evening in the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab with Jason Shutt. Dr. Butler’s team relied on technology to guide the process and elucidate the best opportunities for progress each day. This allowed for a personalized progression timeline specific to Stroman that could be adapted based on his functional gains. Stroman thrived in this environment and by the time he completed his course work in mid-August he had also completed an extensive amount of his rehab checklist and was in line to begin sport specific progressions. Following two minor league rehab starts in Lansing and Buffalo Stroman rejoined the Blue Jays in September where he posted a 1.67 ERA (2nd best in organization history for the month of September) in four crucial starts as the Blue Jays were locked in a tight battle with the New York Yankees for the top seat in the division. With the addition of Stroman to the roster the Blue Jays prevailed as AL East Champions.

This story has been picked up across Canada and in USA Today. In the Discovery channel Stroman specifically thanks his team at Duke for getting him back to the mound so soon.


Leonard White appointed to Bass Connection

Doctor Leonard White

Durham, N.C– Doctor Leonard White an Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery was recently appointed as Co-Director by the Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Studies. Doctor White is looking to grow this section of Brain & Society.

“Bass Connections in Brain & Society engages undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty from different programs and majors in an immersive curriculum that combines research and coursework into a common program of scholarship in multidisciplinary project teams. Curricular and project elements build connections between basic research in neuroscience (and related biological sciences) and socially challenging questions in medicine, the humanities, public policy, economics, ethics and law, to understand issues such as physical and social responses to transformative events; the workings of the brain in rhetoric and the arts; memory in legal testimony; and the role of decision processes in shaping our institutions and public policies. Each Brain & Society team tackles a current issue relating to the brain and its link to society as a whole.”

If you are interested in finding more information on Brain and Society click here.

Live on Stage with…The Rolling Stones?

Raleigh, N.C– A first year Orthopaedic student named Ryan Koter went on stage and performed live this past weekend with the Rolling Stones.  Unless you have been living under a stone we are sure you have heard of the Stones coming to the Triangle to perform, and Ryan Koter was able to perform with them.  Performing with the Duke Vesper Choir, they rocked with the stones to the classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”  We are very proud of how involved Duke Orthopaedics is in the Triangle and benefiting the community around us, we believe that this embodies the Duke spirit.  Whether it is a hip replacement, or a rock concert, Duke Orthopaedics will be there.

Check out this link on YouTube 

Eastern Orthopaedic Association Winners

Maui, Hawaii– During the 46th annual Eastern Orthopaedic Association meeting several Residents from Duke Orthopaedics were awarded grants and honours from the Association.  Easter Orthopaedics meets annually to promote new ideas, and share in ways to advance the science of Orthopaedics and Duke stood out this year in the awards, the list of winners along with the amount the recipient received  is below.


Resident Awards – $2500.00

CT Accuracy Of Percutaneous Versus Open Pedicle Screw Techniques

Daniel J. Blizzard, MD, MS

Resident Travel Grant Awards$1000.00

Massive Rotator Cuff Tears Repaired With Interposition Porcine Xenograft

Julie A. Neumann, MD

EOA/EOEF Resident/Fellow Travel Grant Awards$1000.00

Comparison Between Hard-On-Hard And Hard-On-Soft Hip Bearings In Medicare Population

Lindsay T. Kleeman, MD

Presented by Abiram Bala, BA

Novel Intraoperative Laser Ablation System for Treatment of Residual Sarcoma

Alexander L. Lazarides, BSc


Early Outcomes Following Total Hip Arthroplasty In Sickle Cell Hemoglobinopathy

Daniel S. Mangiapani, MD

Ultrasound-Guided Cubital Tunnel Injection: Technique And Accuracy In Cadaver Model

Brian T. Nickel, MD

Presented by Daniel J. Blizzard, MD, MS

Exemplary Training for All Staff

Durham, N.C– Duke University continues to provide outstanding training for all personnel, whether medical or non-medical.  On Friday June 12th, the Duke Heart Centre offered a one hour course on compression only CPR.  It was free for all staff members at a variety of times throughout the day.  The Department of Orthopaedics had several staff members in attendance at the event.  Their participation shows why Duke is an outstanding place to work and continues to be a pioneer in the world.

Relief Efforts in Nepal

Dr. Michel Landry

Dr. Michel Landry

Durham, N.C– Doctor Landry of the Duke University Department of Orthopaedics has agreed to work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.  While it has been some time since the quake in Nepal, relief efforts are still ongoing, and Doctor Landry will be spending 3 months in Nepal working with those who sorely need the aid.  Doctor Landry will be departing by the end of June for this 3 month stay in Nepal.


During the interim period where Doctor Landry will be away, his position will be fulfilled by Doctor Chad Cook.  Doctor Cook has agreed to serve as the interim program director of the Doctoral Physical Therapy program while Doctor Landry is away.  We want to congratulate Doctor Landry on the honour of serving those in need, and Doctor Cook for helping fulfil the duties of Doctor Landry in his absence.

Faculty Appointments

Congratulations to Joe Doty and Adam Goode on their recent faculty promotions:

Doctor Doty

Joe Doty

Joseph P. Doty, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Medical Education in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, effective June 1, 2015

Adam P Goode

Adam P Goode







Adam Payne Goode, Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery – Track IV to Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery – Track IV, effective June 1, 2015



Dr. Laura Case Helps to Achieve Certification

Dr. Case is seen here third from the left.

Dr. Case is seen here third from the left.

Durham, N.C– Doctor Laura Case has a passion and commitment to her profession as a paediatric clinician.  Doctor Case has selflessly dedicated her life to her young patients and is known internationally as an expert, an advocate, and as a wonderful person.  One of Doctor Case’s dreams has always been for Duke to be a Certified Duchenne Care centre and she’s worked tirelessly with a handful of others to make this happen.  It is with tremendous fanfare that we can announce that Duke Children’s Hospital is the 9th center to be certified by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Certified Duchenne Care Centre Program.


Doctor Case has collaborated with PPMD for over 20 years and is involved in a number of associated research endeavours in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, including the “Solid Suit” Robotics Initiative, and will be presenting at the Annual                                                     PPMD Connect Conference later this week.

Duke has also become a CINRG research site (Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group) currently participating in active research studies in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Becker muscular dystrophy, and Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.  Doctor Case has been elected to the serve on the CINRG Executive Committee.  She is also on the Steering Committee for the Centre for Disease Control (CDC)’s initiative in updating the DMD Care Considerations, Chairing the Rehabilitation Management Subcommittee, and serving as an invited Expert Panel Member, which will allow sharing of updated guidelines for management with the global Duchenne community.  Doctor Case should be recognized for her tireless work to assist others in need, and the level of intense effort these certifications took to earn.


See the creation of the Centre here.


Striking Out Sarcoma, One Little Bit At a Time

SAVE THE DATE - SarcomaDurham, N.C–  Sarcoma is a very rare form of cancer with only about 10,000 cases reported in the US every year.  However it is still a gruelling process to battle this unusual type of cancer involving, surgery, chemotherapy, and other various treatments lasting over a year, all to beat this disease.  This year two wonderful women put on the 6th annual Strike Out for Sarcoma race and family fun run.  Amy Tingen and Sherry Malthouse-Dufore have helped put together this charitable event that this year alone, raised $45,575 and that number is still growing.  Over 350 people, runners, and volunteers came out for the even this June 13 and many more came to watch the race, and came for the silent auction or dunk tank.  Durham Athletic Park hosted the event with special guests such as Wool E. Bull

Former patients, and current patients alike spoke and shared their tales of how Duke Medicine assisted them, and how amazing it was that events like this could be held to help other patients in need of care.  Doctor David Kirsch had some opening remarks to start the day off, and the day concluded with the winners of the race, and the presentation of the check.  Below we have a list of the sponsors, and a gallery with images of the winners.



The winners of the race include


1st Cameron Ledford

2nd Mikelis Visgauss

3rd Dustin Strickland


1st Katrina Pibl

2nd Kendall Bradley

3rd Stephanie Brewer